There was a time that humans on the African savannah needed to jump to plausible conclusions as a matter of survival. They needed to be aware of the location of food sources, and they needed to be prepared for predators. Evolution has prepared the human brain to jump to plausible conclusions. This predisposition for jumping to conclusions may lead us to identifying false patterns or rejecting alternative viewpoints.
Apparently, the Reading Wars have ended. However, as someone whose role is primarily concerned with professional development in the teaching of reading and spelling, I am not convinced that this war is truly over.Read More »